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Building Bridges: Hurricane Sandy Still Hurts - A 1-Hour Radio Seminar of Legal Services

Building Bridges
with Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
Monday, November 12, 2012, 7 - 8 pm EST
over WBAI Radio, 99.5 FM,
or streaming live at
Building Bridges & The Legal Aid Society Team Up
Offering A One-Hour Radio Seminar of Legal Services
for Residents Where Hurricane Sandy Still Hurts

In an effort to provide services to those in the still affected communities
suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Building Bridges
presents with The Legal Aid Society a radio seminar of legal service
information, covering housing, public benefits, employment-based and
immigration information to those residents and advocates who seek to
assist them.

Three weeks and counting, more than 120 NYC public housing
developments and the people who live in them are without heat or hot
water and 72 of the buildings and their residents are without electricity.
In Coney Island and the Far Rockaways, long lines of residents snake
around delegations of volunteers, in the cold, waiting for hours to get hot
food. In a public housing building in Red Hook, residents received
notices warning that âSince Hurricane Sandy, electricity and water will
be out indefinitely.â Meanwhile, Mr. Bloomberg has been urging older
residents and other vulnerable citizens to âgo someplace warm,â like
shelters. Where are the temporary generators and boilers to help
these residents? Where are the multiple government agencies and
utility companies whose duty it is address their grim reality, where are
the corporations whose profits should be demanded to provide for and
rebuild these communities?

Meanwhile, The Legal Aid Society coping with its own displacement
continues to provide services to communities, such as the 15,000
households in public housing apartments without heat, hot water or
electricity, including potential litigation, to remedy the unacceptable
conditions there. Its outreach activity includes taking its mobile justice
van to the affected communities in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens,
and the Housing Authority developments in Far Rockaway, Coney Island
and Red Hook, where unacceptable pockets of suffering remain and no
real sense of urgency from government is apparent.

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